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Nominate a supporter of the arts for the 2021 Mayor's Arts Awards

Each year, over the last four decades, the Lincoln Arts Council presents the Mayor’s Arts Awards to honor artists and arts education programs in our community.  This year’s celebration will be held November 8, 2021,

We invite you to nominate a project, organization or person for recognition. 

The deadline for submissions has been extended to July 30, 2021. 

The Purpose of the Mayor's Arts Awards

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are designed to honor and celebrate persons and organizations that contribute to the vibrancy of the arts and/or increase access to arts experiences in Lincoln, Nebraska. Please note: Winners must be present at the ceremony scheduled for November, 2021 (date to be determined) to confirm their selection.

Mayor's Arts Awards Categories and Descriptions:

Artistic Achievement Award - Visual Arts. Recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any of the visual arts, including theater & film.
Artistic Achievement Award – Youth. Recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any arts discipline by a young person age 18 or younger.
Artistic Achievement Award - Performing Arts. Recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any of the performing arts, including film.
Artistic Achievement Award – Literary Arts. Recognizes excellence and accomplishment in literary form.

ArtScene Backstage Award. Recognizes extraordinary service to the arts through behind-the-scenes efforts.

Benefactor of the Arts Award. Honors an individual, family, organization or business making significant financial contributions to the arts.

Gladys Lux Education Award. Recognizes special initiatives or dedication to arts education.


Heart of the Arts Award. Recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding volunteer dedication to the arts or for making a major overall impact on the arts in Lincoln.

Legacy of the Arts Award. Recognizes a senior (age 55 and up) actively involved in creating, teaching, sharing or inspiring artistic expression in any discipline.

Lincoln Community Foundation Arts for Kids Award. Honors an individual or organization from outside of the arts professions whose leadership has enhanced arts activities and experiences for children.

Outstanding Event Award. Recognizes a performance, exhibition or project in the previous year (2020-21) that will be notable in the community memory for years to come because of its content or cultural significance. This includes online and live streamed events. 

Outstanding Arts Organization. Recognizes an arts group that has made significant contributions to Lincoln’s arts community over a period of years.

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